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The Ever-Changing Picture of Going to the Match
Friday, 01 December 2023 10:45

The Ever-Changing Picture of Going to the Match

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70 years on, Mark Perryman and Guardian football cartoonist David Squires (see image above) revisit LS Lowry's greatest painting Reputedly a Man City fan LS Lowry's 1953 masterpiece Going to the Match depicted not Maine Road but Bolton Wanderers' then ground, Burnden Park. A ground that no longer exists, long…
Bobby, Frannie and what we have lost
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 27 October 2023 10:39

Bobby, Frannie and what we have lost

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Bobby Charlton: 1966 World Cup Winner, 1967 First Division Champions, 1968 European Cup Winner. Frannie Lee: 1968 First Division Champions, 1969 FA Cup Winner, 1970 League Cup Winner and European Cup Winners' Cup Winner. The red and the blue halves of Manchester have always been divided, yet for four years…
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 17 July 2023 12:40

Bradman: A Dialectical View of the Don

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As England and Australia continue the age-old clashes for the Ashes this summer, one name always hovers over the collective psyche of both teams as they take the field. Don Bradman is indubitably the greatest Australian cricketer of all time and, in the eyes of many, also the greatest cricketer…
Colliers, coalfields and communism
Sunday, 26 December 2021 16:15

Colliers, coalfields and communism

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David Douglass review Colliers: Northumberland's Pitmen and Their Football League Team, by Jon Tait, Rough Badger Press ISBN 9798532247727 The coalfields of the 20's were a hotbed of discontent and militant communist agitation. The Bishop of Durham Dr Hensley Henson said that his Durham diocese was the most communistic in…
Building a popular, progressive sporting culture
Friday, 02 April 2021 16:01

Building a popular, progressive sporting culture

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Mark Perryman has been reading up on the sport we’ve lost, and what sport might become, as what seems like a never-ending lockdown gradually eases Way back when, during the first lockdown, March ’20, Jonathan Liew wrote a brilliant column on small sport vs big sport. What Jonathan meant by…
Of Empires and Umpires: Cricket and Politics in Pakistan
Wednesday, 02 September 2020 09:17

Of Empires and Umpires: Cricket and Politics in Pakistan

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Sean Ledwith writes about how colonialism and racism has conditioned the history of Test cricket between Pakistan and England This summer’s Test series between England and Pakistan was marked by high quality cricket from both sides, with the emergence of a new generation of fast bowlers being the factor that…
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